Cedulas for Haitians In Dominican Republic
The Central Electoral Board (JCE) of the Dominican Republic will be lending its full support to assist its sister organization in Haiti to provide identity documents to Haitians living in the Dominican Republic, according to a report in El Caribe.
The announcement comes at a time when the JCE has unveiled thousands of instances of irregularly issued Dominican IDs to Haitians, and it is expected that the program will help curtail the fraudulent issuing of the document.
The JCE announced yesterday that it welcomes the announcement of the program that has the support of the Organization of American States.
Julio Castanos Guzman, president of the JCE, yesterday met with the president of the Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti Frantz-Gerard Verret and Haitian Ambassador Fritz Cineas.
"The JCE will offer all its support so that Haitians that live in the DR may receive Haitian identity documents, "but not Dominican documents," said Castanos.
He said the role of the JCE would be one of technical advisor.
"We have held talks on the possibility of Haitians receiving identification as Haitians in the DR and that they can be incorporated into the Haitian voter list and can vote in Haiti," he said. "This would be a bilateral agreement that would need the approval of our ministries of foreign relations, but it is a good idea and while it will not resolve all the problems, at least it opens a very important road."